A Wild Love for the World: Joanna Macy and the Work of Our Time

A Wild Love for the World: Joanna Macy and the Work of Our Time


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Joanna Macy is a scholar of Buddhism, systems thinking, and deep ecology whose decades of writing, teaching, and activism have inspired people around the world. In this collection of writings, leading spiritual teachers, deep ecologists, and diverse writers and activists explore the major facets of Macy’s lifework. Combined with eleven pieces from Macy herself, the result is a rich chorus of wisdom and compassion to support the work of our time.

“Being fully present to fear, to gratitude, to all that is—this is the practice of mutual belonging. As living members of the living body of Earth, we are grounded in that kind of belonging. Even when faced with cataclysmic changes, nothing can ever separate us from Earth. We are already home.”— Joanna Macy

To learn more, visit www.joannamacy.net.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611807950
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 04/14/2020
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 358,455
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

STEPHANIE KAZA is Professor Emerita of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont. A leading voice in Buddhism and ecology, her most recent book is Green Buddhism: Practice and Compassionate Action in Uncertain Times. To learn more, visit www.stephaniekaza.com.

JOANNA MACY, PhD, teacher and author, is a scholar of Buddhism, systems thinking, and deep ecology. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, Macy has created a groundbreaking framework for personal and social change that brings a new way of seeing the world as our larger body. Her many books include World as Lover, World as Self; Widening Circles, A Memoir; Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy; and Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects. Macy received a BA from Wellesley College in 1950 and a PhD in Religion from Syracuse University in 1978. She continues to write and teach in Berkeley, California. Her most recent book is A Wild Love for the World: Joanna Macy and the Work of Our Times (ed. Stephanie Kaza). To learn more, visit www.joannamacy.net.

Table of Contents

Foreword David Abram ix

Editors Preface Stephanie Kaza xix

Introducing Joanna's Stories Kaye Jones xxv

Part 1 Our Planet, Our Self 1

Trust in Life Joanna Macy 3

No Separate Self Joanna Macy 7

Gaia Consciousness in the Great Turning Stephan Harding 11

Sarvodaya Means Everybody Wakes Up A. T. Ariyaratne 19

Developing a Socially Engaged Buddhism Donald Rothberg 24

Widening the Circle Philip Novak 32

The Work Takes Root in the UK Pat Fleming 38

The Rainforest Protecting Itself: Australia Rising Bobbi Allan 49

Houseguest Catherine Johnson 63

Part 2 Sustaining the Gaze 69

Thunderclap Joanna Macy 71

The First Truth Mandala Joanna Macy 75

To Behold Worlds Ending Susanne Moser 79

The Thrumming Relationality of All Things Andy Fisher 89

Grieving My Way into Loving the Planet Dahr Jamail 98

We Almost Didn't Make It Beverly Naidus 104

"You, Darkness"-Meeting the Other in Rilke Anita Barrows 112

Breaking the Silence in Germany Gunter Barbara Hamburger 117

Ecological and Social Justice Healing Jeanine Canty 127

Re-Conectando in the Wounded Land of Colombia Helena ter Ellen 134

Part 3 The Interplay of Reality 145

The Blessing Joanna Macy 147

The Carp in the Castle Moat Joanna Macy 151

Everything Leans: The Creativity of Dependent Arising Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel 155

The Dharma of Natural Systems Christopher Queen 165

Decomposing the Ego Wendy Johnson 174

Rites of passage Brontë velez 181

Canticle Farm-Emerging Like a River Anne Symens-Bucher 189

Power and Privilege in Indra's Net Tova Green 197

Transform Yourself, Transform the World Sherry Ellms 205

Part 4 Deep Time 215

Pilgrimage to Greenham Common Joanna Macy 217

The Presence of the Future Beings Joanna Macy 221

Being Time and Deep Time Taigen Dan Leighton 226

Liberating the Spirit of the Ancestors in Africa Liz Hosken 236

Deep Ecology Courage in Nuclear Russia Oleg Bodrov Ludmilla Zhrina 245

Citizen Ambassador Linda Seeley 256

The Journey of a Nuclear Guardian Kathleen Sullivan 261

Finding Our Way Forward after Fukushima Yuka Saito Hide Enomoto 274

Nothing Is Impossible Daniel Ellsberg 286

Part 5 On the Move Together 293

Outcome Uncertain Joanna Macy 295

Mother of All Buddhas Joanna Macy 300

For Love of Gaia Sean Kelly 305

Healing Our Broken World: Pathways to Peacebuilding Paula Green 313

The Eagle, Condor, and Quetzal Adrián Villaseñor Galarza 322

On the Road for the Great Turning Sarah Vekasi 328

A Pilgrim Returns to China Zilong Wang 336

Notes from a Zen Monastery Susan Moon 342

Our Compassionate Nature Matthew Fox 347

Afterword Joanna Macy 357

Joanna Macy Biography 363

Bibliography of Works by and about Joanna Macy 365

About the Contributors 377

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